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This article is mostly about addressing archaeology as a continuation of the cultures of native populations instead of ignoring the people who live there to "discover" things the locals already know. (Not an issue I ever dealt with, given that most of the sites I dug up were from displaced or otherwise no longer local people on a much shorter timescale.) But it took me weeks to read it because I kept having to stop and glory in this bit at the beginning:

As we were eating, Don Cipriano, the oldest of the Pech and an expert on the region’s archaeological sites and forests, asked if I had heard the lost city legend—the one about La Ciudad Blanca, or the White City. “I have heard the stories,” I said. Everyone in the region has heard them.

“It’s nearby,” he told me. “Just up this river, up on top of a hill.” I asked him if we should go see it. He told me we couldn’t. The site was sacred, he explained, and was the refuge of Indigenous gods who had fled when the Europeans had arrived nearly 500 years earlier. There were gods from all seven Indigenous groups, and if you went there and couldn’t speak to each one, they wouldn’t allow you to leave, he added. You needed to know all seven Indigenous languages, and nobody knew them all—not even him.


If that's not a writing prompt, I don't know what is.
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There have been a lot of these recently, so I figured I'd do a round-up in case there are things here that others who wish to read about craft-of-writing and related topics have missed. There may be another set later with author interviews & people talking about books, too.

*How to Write a Long Fantasy Series (or perhaps more accurately, how not to.) A good analysis of problems like bloat and pacing in the mad many-book-epic-style series, with examples drawn mainly from the Wheel of Time. (which I gave up on reading about 15 years ago and this wasn't a problem for comprehending what she was talking about, so don't worry if you haven't read it.)

*Wordcount guidelines for Children's/YA books.

*On Discontent: another take on "why are you writing if you're not going to enjoy it?" (See also the bit in Neil Gaiman's "make good art" speech about "you should enjoy it.")

*The Occult Wisdom of Cover Letters-- if you've been subbing things for a while you probably know this already, but it is still completely worth reading for the passage about interviews in the middle. I read that bit out loud to grauwulf and we both found it hilarious. (The baby was not as impressed, but I think she was asleep at the time.)

*Sadly, there's no secret handshake: writing a good story is how you get published. (You probably know this one already, too.)

*What's in a Bio? from [livejournal.com profile] fwilde, some thoughts on what to & not to include in a short-story bio if you *do* get published.

*My Brain is a Jerk: a post about writing with (or in spite of) perfectionism This is long and rather ranty in places, but I thought some of the points she made about motivation and working on your writing anyway were worth reading.

*Writing a Novel One Bite at a Time-- thoughts on process, creating useful goals, and how to make writing achievable instead of that thing you avoid because you want to have done it rather than to get it done. This would be particularly relevant to my interests at present. (and can apply to other things than writing)

*relatedly, Promises, Process, and Progress at Black Gate (from last January) talking about book recs for short-increment sustainable writing process.

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Also of note? I do not need to click on any of those links where people complain about creepy entitled guys being creepy at women on the internet while holding my week-old daughter. I know better than that, really I do, and it's not as if I'm not already fully aware of the kind of thing they're complaining about so that I need to read about it anyway. Stupid internet.

Xposty from dreamwidth.
thanate: (whirlpool)
There have been a lot of these recently, so I figured I'd do a round-up in case there are things here that others who wish to read about craft-of-writing and related topics have missed. There may be another set later with author interviews & people talking about books, too.

*How to Write a Long Fantasy Series (or perhaps more accurately, how not to.) A good analysis of problems like bloat and pacing in the mad many-book-epic-style series, with examples drawn mainly from the Wheel of Time. (which I gave up on reading about 15 years ago and this wasn't a problem for comprehending what she was talking about, so don't worry if you haven't read it.)

*Wordcount guidelines for Children's/YA books.

*On Discontent: another take on "why are you writing if you're not going to enjoy it?" (See also the bit in Neil Gaiman's "make good art" speech about "you should enjoy it.")

*The Occult Wisdom of Cover Letters-- if you've been subbing things for a while you probably know this already, but it is still completely worth reading for the passage about interviews in the middle. I read that bit out loud to grauwulf and we both found it hilarious. (The baby was not as impressed, but I think she was asleep at the time.)

*Sadly, there's no secret handshake: writing a good story is how you get published. (You probably know this one already, too.)

*What's in a Bio? from [livejournal.com profile] fwilde, some thoughts on what to & not to include in a short-story bio if you *do* get published.

*My Brain is a Jerk: a post about writing with (or in spite of) perfectionism This is long and rather ranty in places, but I thought some of the points she made about motivation and working on your writing anyway were worth reading.

*Writing a Novel One Bite at a Time-- thoughts on process, creating useful goals, and how to make writing achievable instead of that thing you avoid because you want to have done it rather than to get it done. This would be particularly relevant to my interests at present. (and can apply to other things than writing)

*relatedly, Promises, Process, and Progress at Black Gate (from last January) talking about book recs for short-increment sustainable writing process.

---

Also of note? I do not need to click on any of those links where people complain about creepy entitled guys being creepy at women on the internet while holding my week-old daughter. I know better than that, really I do, and it's not as if I'm not already fully aware of the kind of thing they're complaining about so that I need to read about it anyway. Stupid internet.

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